The Organizers Of The Qatar World Cup Are Very Mad At Us

Below is an email that just popped into our inbox, from Paul Hughes, head of international media relations for Qatar's Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy (!). That makes him the main flack for the outfit that's overseeing the 2022 World Cup, which one international group expects to kill more people than the Troubles » 3/24/14 6:17pm 3/24/14 6:17pm

More Details About World Cup Host Qatar's Humanitarian Crisis

Yesterday, our attention was turned to the horrendous living and working conditions of Qatar's working class, a migrant population that will be responsible for building the infrastructure necessary for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. Today, an investigation by the Guardian paints an even clearer and more haunting… » 9/25/13 1:02pm 9/25/13 1:02pm

Blatter Admits Qatar World Cup May Be A Mistake, Throws Shit At Wall

Even if you ignore the rampant bribery allegations, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is already a massive clusterfuck. This is in part because the World Cup is set to take place in June or July, and summers in Qatar are really, really fucking hot. Like, way-too-fucking-hot-to-play-soccer hot. Now, FIFA president Sepp… » 9/09/13 3:20pm 9/09/13 3:20pm

French Magazine Reports That Qatar Bribed Its Way To The 2022 World Cup

This is not new; from the moment Qatar was named the 2022 World Cup hosts, allegations have been made that FIFA committee members had accepted millions of dollars in bribes to make it happen. Some of those executives were even banned or quit in disgrace! So it's not outside the realm of probability. » 1/30/13 2:05pm 1/30/13 2:05pm

Tiger Woods Wants $3 Million Just To Show Up For A Tournament

Tiger Woods, fully healthy, isn't waiting to kick off his 2013 schedule. Next week he's playing a European Tour event in Abu Dhabi, and the week after he'll be at Torrey Pines for his first PGA Tour stop. But if things had worked out a little differently—if Tiger's price wasn't too high even for a petrostate—he might… » 1/11/13 1:30pm 1/11/13 1:30pm

FIFA Can't Even Properly Ban Corrupt Executives

Let's make this clear: No one believes Mohammed bin Hammam, the FIFA executive committee member instrumental in bringing the 2022 World Cup to his native Qatar, didn't bribe people. It's still pretty much accepted that bin Hammam was the brains behind the envelopes full of cash handed out to representative of Caribbean … » 7/19/12 6:40pm 7/19/12 6:40pm

Qatar May Be Too Hot To Play Two Halves In World Cup Games

With all the Ts crossed, the Is dotted, and the money counted, FIFA is seemingly only now realizing that it gets really fucking hot in Qatar. That's bad for fans, and it's unsafe for players. But rather than take that into account before going to the desert, they'd rather mess with one of the game's most basic rules. » 7/07/11 11:15am 7/07/11 11:15am

Try To Look Surprised: England Says World Cup Voters Asked For Bribes

Ever since the good, godfearing Anglo nations were shut out of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, rumors have flown that Russia and Qatar bribed their way to the top. No one would be surprised because it's FIFA, but it was also sour grapes. And maybe it still is, but this time England is naming names. » 5/10/11 10:30am 5/10/11 10:30am

Here's Video Of A Pretty Goal From The Land Of The 2022 World Cup

Sure, Al Rayyan may have ultimately beaten Al Gharafa in their Qatar Stars League match today. But Gharafa's Juninho had a free-kick goal worthy of the highlight reel. It's really nothing new for Juninho, a Brazilian in the end stages of a professional career during which he established a reputation as a prodigious… » 3/12/11 6:00pm 3/12/11 6:00pm